Chief, Initial Request Staff
Office of Information Policy
Department of Justice
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20530
Tel: (202) 514-FOIA
Submit and Track a Request or Appeal
Many documents are available to the public without having to make a FOIA request. These documents are called “proactive disclosures” because they are automatically posted online by all Department components.
The Office of Information Policy (OIP) discharges the Department's administrative and policy responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and promotes government-wide compliance with the Act. OIP maintains files of administrative appeals of denials of Department of Justice records and initial request files of FOIA and Privacy Act requests for records of the Offices of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, Associate Attorney General, Legal Policy, Legislative Affairs, and Public Affairs, as well as OIP's own records. The office also maintains records relating to the administration of the office.
A comprehensive guide to the FOIA that serves as a handbook for obtaining information from the Department
Special information required to make a FOIA request:
None. For more information on how to submit a FOIA request to the Department of Justice, visit the Make a FOIA Request to DOJ page of our site.
Publicly available information for which a FOIA request is not required:
Many documents proactively disclosed are available to the public without having to make a FOIA request in the Department’s FOIA Libraries.
FOIA requests are placed in one of three tracks. Track one is for those requests which seek and receive expedited processing pursuant to subsection (a)(6)(E) of the FOIA. The second track is for those requests which do not involve voluminous records or lengthy consultations with other entities. Track three is for those requests which involve voluminous records and for which lengthy or numerous consultations are required, or those requests which may involve sensitive records.
Major Information Systems:
Freedom of Information Act Appeals and Initial Requests System